Gathering Minds - The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

For our Gathering Minds Meeting this past month the MMX team and friends read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. 

About the book:
Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results). Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.


FUN FACT: this was the first book that we ever read as part of Gathering Minds back in 2010! 

This book is a nice easy ready due to the fable format. It's full of common knowledge, but it's always good to re-listen to what you know. The Five Dysfunctions pyramid is a super helpful tool. Here's a general overview of the building blocks a team needs to succeed:

  1. Trust: You need a safe environment that encourages team members to speak up, and team members that are willing to help each other.
  2. Constructive Conflict: The team is able to confront problems and issues quickly. Everyone is able to provide input and there is minimal politics.
  3. Commitment: The team is aligned on common objectives, there is clarity on direction and priorities, and everyone is highly engaged.
  4. Accountability: The same standards apply for everyone. Poor performers are managed and held accountable. 
  5. Results: The team is highly motivated and delivers high performance, team based results. 

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 equals a book with little value one would not wish to read again, and 10 equals a fantastic book with the ability to grow an individual personally, professionally or both, we rated this book 9.1.

Are you interested in personal and professional development? We invite you to join our Gathering Minds Meetings! Check out some of our past reads below:

Next month we're reading Culture is Everything by Tristan White. Email for more details. 

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by Kelly Heesterman